Windmill Hill photographer jailed for drug rapes

Published on: 21 Aug 2016

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Bar at Nigel Wilkinson's house in Hill AvenueDrugs found at Nigel Wilkinson's house

The photos – supplied by the police – show Wilkinson, the wellstocked bar at his home, and drugs found when police visited.

Wilkinson was being investigated for offences against a 19-year-old man from Kent when officers went to his home in April 2016 to arrest him and found a second victim asleep on his sofa.

Traces of sedatives were found in both victims’ urine samples and further DNA evidence linked Wilkinson to sexual offences committed on them.

During the investigation police identified a third victim – a 19-year-old from Wiltshire, who was also found to have traces of sedatives in his system.

Officers are continuing to investigate Wilkinson’s background and want to speak to anyone who has been in a relationship with him or have had contact with him though his photography enterprise, or dating websites.

Det Con Stacey Matthews said: “Nigel Wilkinson promoted himself as a male fitness photographer and last summer set up an online enterprise called WilkoPhotography.

“He’d use social media to identify men he wanted to photograph and would invite them to Bristol for a photoshoot.

“The men would often stay at his home and throughout their visit he would ply them with alcoholic drinks, some of which were laced with sedatives.

“While they were in a drugged state, Wilkinson’s predatory nature would prevail and he’d commit sexual acts on them without their consent.

“We began our investigation in February 2016, when Kent Police were called by the girlfriend of the 19-year-old victim who received a concerning text message from him saying he believed he’d been drugged.

“We went to Wilkinson’s home and found the victim inside. He was taken to hospital and tests were carried out which found traces of a sedative in his system.

“He attended a Sexual Assault Referral Centre for more tests and our investigation continued, resulting in officers attending Wilkinson’s home in April to arrest him.

“When they arrived, they found a 23-year-old man asleep on the sofa. He was also taken to hospital and then the Bridge Sexual Assault Referral Centre in Bristol. There was evidence he’d been drugged and raped.

“On the surface, Nigel Wilkinson was a photographer with an interest in male fitness models. In private, he was a cunning sexual offender who used his photography enterprise as a cover and catalyst for his deviant activities.

“The victims have shown immense bravery, dignity and courage throughout our investigation and I’d like to thank them for the support they’ve given the investigation team. These crimes have had a significant impact on them and their families.

“We believe there’ll be more victims who haven’t yet come forward and I’d urge them to do so. If you’ve had any contact with Nigel Wilkinson or WilkoPhotography, or have come into contact with him through dating websites or dating apps, please call Avon and Somerset Police on 101 quoting reference number 5216165860.”

PC Mike Steven, who is leading the force’s campaign to raise awareness of male rape and sexual assault and improve services for victims, said: “The circumstances of this case are truly horrifying.

“The victims have all attended Sexual Assault Referral Centres and are being given continual access to any expert services they may need now or in the future.

“I’d encourage any other victim of Nigel WIlkinson to come forward and speak to us. We’re always here and ready to listen to, believe and respect victims.

“Our vital work to change perceptions and improve our response to male victims of rape or sexual assault is continuing to evolve and I hope it’s encouraging more victims to find the strength to come forward.

“If you don’t want to speak to the police, please speak to someone. Don’t suffer in silence.”

If you want to report a rape or sexual assault but don’t want to speak to the police, you can contact a Sexual Assault Referral Centre.

The Bridge SARC provides medical care and emotional and practical support to anyone affected by rape and sexual assault. You can call The Bridge for help and decide about talking to the police later. Information for men can be found online at www.thebridgecanhelp.org.uk/men

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